An Encore to Barcelona? How About a 200 Backstroke Triple From USA’S Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin by Peter Bick

Coming off six gold medals at the last World Championships in Barcelona, Missy Franklin is looking to become the first woman to win an event (200 backstroke) at three straight World Champs.

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Coming off six gold medals at the last World Championships in Barcelona, Missy Franklin is looking to become the first woman to win an event (200 backstroke) at three straight World Champs.

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aswimfan

Trickett’s trifecta (yes I said it) was derailed due to inferior LZR vs. Adidas Hydrofoil.
The same way happened to Phelps’ potential trifecta in 200 free with different technology, LZR vs. Arena. German and Italian technology won!

It is also kinda funny to note that although Franklin has amassed many Olympics and Worlds gold medals, she has yet to win an individual event at Pan Pacs.

Bad Anon

Interestingly, Coventry came pretty close
Gold- Montreal 2005
Silver- Melbourne 2007 (awfully close behind Hoelzer, 2.07.16 to 2.07.54)
Gold- Rome 2009* (in a 50% poly suit)
Coventry in theory can win a 3rd 200back title though just making the finals at this meet will be a good achievement for her on the road to Rio

Kim Simonsen

I think it devaluetes the Worlds that it is staged ever 2 years instead of every 4 years.

Does it really matter for Lochte, Gyurta or Franklin to win yet another world title, or do they only see Kazan as a stepping stone for Rio.

Unfortunatly, FINA only think about money.

Craig Lord

With you there Kim. The space in between 1 Games 1 WC every four-year cycle could be filled with some thrilling stuff and a much more professional offer for athletes and programs … a major every two years, Games and WC enhances those events (Olympics the case in point … nothing is lost by once every four years, much would be lost if we had a Games every 2 years)

Kim Simonsen

We could also add the Europeans, Craig – also every 2 years.

Next year in London, just 3 month before Rio, what a shame, not least for Peaty and co., not being able to give 100 % in front of a partisan home crowd.

Why not swim it every 4 years – which I think it was done earlier – would it harm anyone to drop it in the Olympic year, except the LEN executives?

Craig Lord

I agree, Kim… it was LEN that started the nonsense when they switched to every two years in 1999, with 200, and 2002 following on…

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